Funding Youth Education
The Arboretum Foundation provides important funding for the UW Botanic Gardens Environmental Education Program at the Arboretum. The purpose of the program is to help children and adults learn about the vital role plants, forests, and wetlands play in the urban environment. With our UW partners, we encourage people to understand and appreciate the natural world, and to enjoy and participate in outdoor activities.
We accomplish this at a very nominal cost to children, families, and schools. The School Field Trip Program—our largest and most far reaching children’s education initiative—brings more than 6,000 students from kindergarten to 6th grade to experience the natural world in the Arboretum. Today’s high cost of curriculum-based field study programs renders it impossible for many schools to fulfill this aspect of a child’s education. We take this as a challenge and offer the “outdoor classroom” that is the Arboretum as an affordable means for children to experience nature and science in a way that they could not anywhere else in the city.
Scholarship and bus funds: Funding from the Arboretum Foundation enables UW Botanic Gardens to maintain low program costs for school field trips. We also provide financial assistance to students in the National School Lunch Program and schools from underserved communities. Scholarship and transportation funds make the Arboretum’s acclaimed field-trip program accessible to all.
In addition, the Arboretum serves over 1,200 children and families through the Family & Community Programs. Complementing these programs are the Fiddleheads Forest School for pre-K children and the Arboretum’s nature-based summer camps, which cater for over 700 students each year.
How You Can Help
To make a donation in support of youth education at the Arboretum, call the Foundation at 206-325-4510 or give online.